China IP Address List Gives Chinese Sites to Chinese Citizens Abroad

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idcloak’s new China IP Address List gives Chinese users free access to China-only websites from outside the country.

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many Chinese sites are not available to users unless they come in on Chinese IP addresses

idcloak launches a new China IP address proxy list for Chinese citizens living or traveling outside the People’s Republic of China.

“We always think of the Great Firewall as being a filter for outgoing traffic only,” says Robin Welles of the idcloak web research team. “But the Golden Shield blocks a good deal of incoming traffic too: many Chinese sites are not available to users unless they come in on Chinese IP addresses.”

Asked about the reasons for China’s incoming filtering, Welles expressed uncertainty, “We can only speculate as to the causes of inbound censorship, as the PRC rarely even admits that filtering even goes on. It may be partly to prevent foreign ‘pollution’ of Chinese sites – it’s much easier to shut out foreigners than it is to continuously remove their content.”

Another cause, Welles says, might be due to pressure from foreign media companies, “There exists a comparatively relaxed attitude to copyright infringement in China. The PRC might be giving in to pressure from foreign media owners to keep the rest of the world away from the free media sites in China.”

idcloak’s proxy list offers HTTP proxies which can be entered into a browser’s settings, including on mobile devices. The database is ‘live’, meaning it automatically checks the displayed proxies and removes those which are no longer active. Staff at idcloak regularly add new IP addresses to the list to replace those that have been removed.

idcloak will be releasing its flagship anonymous VPN service in September 2013 which will deliver software-based access to servers all around the world. About whether the idcloak VPN will include Chinese servers, Welles had this to say: “We will observe the popularity of the free Chinese proxy list and if the demand is there, of course we will include Chinese VPN servers in our service. It’s something that very few of our competitors offer.”

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